EPA methane rules needed
ICYMI: I was in the Eagle Ford Shale most of August. The first 11 days, I visited some oil and gas facilities and recorded, with Earthworks’ FLIR camera, huge, uncontrolled methane and volatile organic compound releases that continued over several days. This is part of Earthworks’ Citizens Empowerment Project.
Two weeks later, I went back and visited the same facilities. The huge, releases continued.
I’ve been to almost every shale producing state with the FLIR camera and everywhere I go it’s the same story: uncontrolled methane leaks, venting and upsets. But nowhere comes close to Texas in the amount of methane blasting from oil and gas facilities. Texas proves EPA methane rules needed.
EnAqua Solutions Disposal Well
More information about this celebrity injection well is HERE. It continues to give a consistent performance.
Marathon East Karnes Commingle CCF
This relatively new facility continues to go strong.
Marathon East Sugarloaf Central Collection Facility
Another facility that never fails to preform, just ask the cows.
Marathon West Sugarloaf Central Collection Facility, still chronically offending.
Encana Karata-Ridley Drip Station
Still going strong year after year.
Encana Love-Crews Central Collection Facility
This facility is right in town and impacts a rehab center.
Marathon Carter-Salge Unit Padsite
This is a new site that was being fracked when we were in Karnes during the first trip. Since then there have been many complaints from the neighbors. Now look what it’s doing.
First the flare was smoking up the whole countryside. A neighbor sent me this picture.
By the time I got back to the area, the flare had gone out and Marathon was letting methane vent through the unlit flare.
And last but not least: More video from DCP Midstream Goliad II Gas Plant
August 10, 2015
August 23, 2015
These videos were taken in a fairly small grid in Karnes County where I’ve been documenting releases for several years. The shale plays are immense in Texas so this glimpse shows only a tiny fraction of the damage to health and our climate due to fracking for shale oil and gas.
EPA methane rules needed
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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Max Distro says
Isnt there a way to contain and use these gases, instead of losing all the potential by burning them off ?
Sure. Industry has developed best practices that they love to brag about but refuse to use unless it is mandated. Texas refuses to mandate. The Feds are our only hope with the current political situation.